Frequently asked questions

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When you’re out of water, it can be caused by a range of issues. The simplest thing you can do it check your breaker and fuses. Second, do you have water anywhere? If so, it may be a plumbing issue. Look to see what your pressure gauge reads. Most importantly, only trained professionals should work on well components. There are immediate risks of electrical shock.

Check your pressure gauge. It should read somewhere between 40-60psi. Think about when you notice the low pressure. Is it when you use a lot of water? This could be indication the well isn’t producing or the pump is worn out. Is it all the time and the pressure reads 40-60psi? Check filters, bypass your water softner. If the pump runs a lot it could indicate a break in a waterline and you’re losing water somewhere.

Generally they’re classified by 2″ deep or shallow, 4″ steel or galvanized steel and 5″ PVC. If you can see your pump and motor it’s a 2″ well. If there’s a pipe sticking about 1′ out of the ground it’s newer, possibly a 4″ or 5″ well. 5″ PVC plastic wells are most common now. They provide more room around the pump and motor, are faster to construct and don’t rust. Steel wells constructed by cable tool method are great for areas with limited water bearing formations and flowing wells.

New wells generally range from $4000 to $8000. The depth of the well and static water level are big factors. A deeper well with lower static water level may require a larger pump, motor and tank to lift the water and have appropriate storage. Drillers prices and payment options can vary widely. It’s best to find a company you feel very comfortable with. Not all wells are created equal. Good companies stand behind their work. Remember, wells are long term investments.

It’s always a good idea to have your water tested. You can elect to test for bacteria, heavy metals, nitrates and many other things. Each new well is required to pass a basic test.
Most wells operate between 40-60psi. Constant pressure is a well system that can use a mechanical or electronic device that gives you 60psi all the time. Common devices are cycle stop valves, VFDs or variable frequency drives.

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